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Religion In Pop Culture – Honoring Hasan Minhaj

Hasan Minhaj, Media Bridge Builder Award, Host of Netflix’s Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (Photo by Eric Hobbs)

Dear Friends,

Please join us on May 27th as we honor Hasan Minhaj, Tanenbaum’s 2020 Media Bridge Builder Award recipient, at our Virtual Gala, live-streamed from New York! The Media Bridge-Builder Award is presented to journalists and media personalities whose work focuses public attention on issues of human rights and respect for differences.

Comedian, actor and host of Netflix’s Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, Hasan represents a generation of young performers who are reclaiming their Muslim heritage in a post-9/11 world. As a first-generation immigrant, Minhaj is outspoken about the various intersections of his identity as an American-Muslim of Indian descent who regularly shares how his faith impacts his life and incorporates his experiences into his comedy and work.

Hasan’s willingness to analyze issues concerning Muslims in comedic ways actively combats religious tropes and contributes to positive representations of Islam in the media. His popularity allows people of different backgrounds to see that they too can be successful and embraced for who they are, without having to hide parts of themselves.

Representation is necessary now more than ever, and Hasan’s brand of socially conscious comedy makes him a powerful pop culture icon. And we are privileged to present him with the Media Bridge Builder Award. To purchase tickets, ads or make a donation, click here. We look forward to sharing this exciting evening with you!

Mark Fowler
Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum